Rhodes – The Place Where Greece Is At Its Finest

There are countries that you simply cannot miss, and you just need to choose them as your next vacation destination. Greece is definitively one of them due to the amazing nature, beautiful seaside with incredible beaches, rich history, and colourful culture. There are many regions in Greece you can visit, but the island of Rhodes is the crown jewel of the entire country, and surely for a good reason.

All you need or desire can be obtained in no time once you visit this beautiful island. So, start packing your bags and head to Rhodes, Greece.

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All About Rhodes

Rhodes is one of the largest islands in Greece, situated in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, just off the Turkish coast. It is well-known for its fertile soil and especially for its beautiful beaches. Many people will say that beaches here are the most beautiful in entire Greece.

The largest city on the island is the Rhodes City located in the north. The airport in the Rhodes City is well connected with the Greek mainland as well as with other countries. You can reach the island with the ferries too, particularly if you are fond of the sea. Cruising through the Mediterranean is truly a unique and remarkable experience.

Once you come to the island, you can easily explore it with a bus. There are regular lines to all areas of the island. But renting a motorcycle may also be a cool idea. They are quite affordable and popular among the natives, plus they will provide you with the complete freedom for roaming around the island.

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The Past of Rhodes

Rhodes is one of the most iconic Greek islands with truly impressive past. It was inhabited during the prehistoric period and Homer mentioned that Rhodes engaged in the Trojan War. During the Hellenistic period, Rhodes was a huge commercial and cultural centre. The Golden Age of the island was in the early 3rd century BC. That was the period of erecting the legendary Colossus of Rhodes – a 33 meters high statue of the Greek Titan called Helios – the God of Sun. It used to be the tallest building and one of the original Seven Wonders of Ancient World. Unfortunately, it stood there for only half a century since it was destroyed in a terrible earthquake. But in 2015, an idea of its reconstruction has emerged, so the Colossus may stand up once again soon.

During its past, Rhodes was conquered and influenced by various nations including Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans, and Italians. It was also a centre of Crusader Knights who have erected strong defensive walls which can still be seen today. In 1947 Rhodes was finally reunited with the rest of Greece and since then it has slowly transformed into a huge tourist destination.

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Rhodes’ Top Attractions – You Need To See Them

There are so many amazing places on the Rhodes one should visit, that it is almost impossible to count them all. But there are places you really should not miss to see. For example, the historic part of the Rhodes City with its labyrinth of old medieval streets is a must-see. You will definitively feel the essence of medieval times while walking down the narrow roads. Palace of The Grand Master is a great place for taking a few good photos and so are the incredible fortifications around it.

Epta Piges or The Seven Springs is a beautiful natural resort where you can enjoy in picturesque surroundings while taking a short walk. The Valley of Butterflies is another amazing place for all nature lovers. This is truly a unique experience so it would be a great shame to miss it.

Filerimos Hill is a place in the northern part of the island. There is an impressive monastery on its peak plus it is a great spot for observing the nature and sea.

There are other places you can explore once you arrive, but these should definitively be on top of your list.

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What Are The Best Lodging Solutions?

Besides being a magnificent tourist destination that offers everything from lovely beaches to breathtaking mountains, Rhodes is also an excellent place to visit if you consider accommodation capacities. It is simply a winner for every holidaymaker who knows what he wants. And when it comes to lodging, Rhodes is a very special place because the most popular type of accommodation on the Greek island is an old-town inn. There are many inns all around the island and they are mostly placed in the centre of the cities. Their popularity grows simply because of the fact that everything is near and the accommodation still fulfils all your demands. Plus, the price is more than excellent. However, many of the old-town inns have been closed lately due to the very loud music and noise coming from the nearby clubs and bars. But, if you still choose an Inn for your lodging, there are pretty interesting ones with a great location and where it is still possible to sleep at night. Search the Internet and you will surely find the inns that are excellent for your demands as well as for your budget.

And apart from the inns, just like any other tourist place, Rhodes offers a great variety of hotels, spa resorts, mansions, and villas. Hotels range from the modest ones, with two and three stars, to the most luxurious ones, where you just need to show up, and you will get everything you need in your hotel, even a bath suit if needed. The most luxurious hotel complexes are placed near the cities of Lindos and Faliraki, but other cities are also included. For instance, you might want to check out Kokkini Porta Rosa that consists of only 5 luxurious and heaven like suites, or Lindian Village Hotel where not only accommodation but also cuisine and additional activities make you stay there forever. Should you travel alone with your partner, and without children, you are welcome to consider Lindos Blu Hotel. It has simply all, outside and inside swimming pools, an appealing spa, many bars, and restaurants, a lot of shade and balconies that overlook the sea – even in the modest room categories. The place is always full, so you may try your luck well before your arrival to Rhodes.

And if your budget is somewhat limited, then there is a whole bunch of great places to stay in. In most cases, we are talking about hotels, but why not search the web and find a private accommodation that suits your needs. Check out Chrysa Studios, Malibu Boutique Studios, Villas Duc-Rhodes, or Kouros Home which is close to the Nudist Beach, for all of you who are interested in getting your skin tanned entirely.

Rhodes indeed offers you a great variety of possibilities and it is entirely up to you to decide where to stay, and how much to pay for it. The good thing is that you can find accommodation for every budget and the service will still be very good. So, start searching your desired lodging place.

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Cuisine In Rhodes – Are You Ready To Fulfill Yous Gastronomic Desires?

Greek cuisine is a true Mediterranean one, and Rhodes is not an exception to the rule. However, what makes Rhodian cuisine so special is the fact that everything you eat on the island is grown locally, from vegetables and fruits to meat and dairy products. Hence, once you arrive at the island, you will surely have a healthy diet and a whole better way of life. Rhodian cuisine can be divided into three segments: mezedes (or appetizers), the main course and the dessert.

Appetizers in Rhodes can be various and should you spend your vacation on the island, don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of them, like meliasti, avranies, gemista or rega. Meliasti considers the well-known feta cheese which is wrapped in phyllo and served with honey and sesame. If you opt for avranies, you will get wild asparagus with onions, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. A very popular mezedes in Rhodes is also gemista that consists of tomatoes and peppers stuffed with the mixture of meat and rice. And, of course, rega is something you just need to taste, a smoked herring in olive oil.

Main dishes in Rhodes usually use either fish or poultry and meat. Fish is consumed in every corner, and there is no restaurant in Rhodes that does not offer meals made with fish meat. We will suggest you only several excellent main dishes, and it is up to you to decide whether you like them or not. For example, there is an unforgettable barbounia, excellent gemisti supia or delicious kakavia. The first one, barbounia, considers red mullet (grilled or fried). Is is extremely delicious and tourists from all around the world enjoy eating it while visiting Greece. On the other side, gemisti supia is another great dish. It is made of squid that is stuffed with feta cheese and baked in a spicy tomato sauce. And kakavia is a typical Greek dish that considers a fish soup with fish fillet. It is very special and you should not leave Rhodes without tasting it.

When it comes to desserts, don’t miss the chance to have pancakes with honey and walnuts, yogurt with honey and nuts or baklava ice-cream.

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What Can You Do While In Rhodes?

Apart from historical monuments and similar attractions, Rhodes also offers many appealing activities to its tourists. For instance, there are numerous diving centres that offer you amazing tours under the sea. You will not only learn how to dive like a professional, but you will also meet many of the sea creatures, some of which are almost extinct. Of course, there are several watersports you can enjoy while in Rhodos. They are usually offered near the most luxurious hotels and resorts. But in case you don’t want to have an adrenaline rush, try finding excellent cooking classes or yoga retreat. These two will make you calm and ready for the busy day at the beach.

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Is there anything I have missed? Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear about your favourite things to do in Rhodes.


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